February 4, 2002

Volume 98, Issue 42

Stories from the February 4, 2002 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Spotlight: Making music magical

For many, music is a means of entertainment and pleasure. But for some it is a great deal more than that. For one person in particular, Desi Alston, the musical director and conductor of the GW Symphony Orchestra, music was a means of survival. Born in 1953, Alston has conducted the GW Orchestra since 1996. […]

Students call for unity

Tensions ran high at a Black Student Union town-hall meeting Thursday night as students gathered in the Marvin Center to discuss the quality of black student life at GW and the role of black and other minority organizations on campus. Many students at the meeting said there is room for improvement among black organizations and […]

Arts: Busta Rhymes Smokes D.C.’s Nation

He might be known to many as the clown price of hip-hop, but Busta Rhymes is no joke. Taking the stage last Wednesday night at D.C.’s Nation nightclub, Busta Rhymes and the other members of the Flip Mode Squad ascended with a fire in their eyes. Draped in pulsating red and blue gelled lights, the […]

Hollywood hottie Nicole Kidman plays Russian bride

Birthday Girl (Miramax) begins like any other cutesy romance flick meant to warm your heart during the Valentine’s Day season. But don’t be fooled – after an unexpected twist this “romantic comedy” quickly turns to a poor attempt at a comedic thriller. Birthday Girl tells the story of an average British 20-something guy who works […]

Black History Celebration Calendar

Tuesday Feb. 5, 3 p.m.: Showcasing Africana: Selections from the Gelman Library, Special Collections Department exhibit unveiling and book discussion with author Brenna Clarke. Gelman 207, Cost: Free. Tuesday Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.: “Honorary Members Induction Ceremony: Honoring Those That Bring Honor to Us.” Honoring Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary among others from the GW […]

THE MOVIE BUFFS: Better of Dead

Movie: Better Off Dead by Jeff Frost and Alan Siegel Hatchet Arts Reporters Long Story Short: As if life in the ’80s wasn’t bad enough, it just got worse for sensitive guy Lane Meyer (John Cusack). The love of his life just dumped him for a jock. On top of that, he has a drug […]

Staff editorial: Free press in ANC

Whenever a journalist’s ability to report is called into question, everyone must take notice. Any attempt to weaken our Constitutional right to free press is a step toward a more closed, secretive society in which a democratic government cannot function. This is the context in which we must call attention to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission’s […]

Peaceful march

A Jan. 28 letter (“Newman aware?”) claimed those involved in the March for Life on the National Mall were among several groups who “go so far as to support the murder of abortion providers, claiming it to be justifiable homicide.” As an active member of the pro-life movement, I attended the march on Jan. 22 […]

Staff editorial: GW’s $40k umbrella

We commend the University’s decision to add the MCI Center as a backup to the Ellipse. This is a common-sense approach to an annual dilemma that has split students and administrators in the past. The steep $40,000 price tag is worth paying to finally having a workable back-up plan to the outdoor graduation. According to […]

Forum:Blame Enron, not free market

The collapse of Enron, the nation’s seventh largest corporation, has left many of us stunned. Say what you will about the implications for business professionals already out in the world, but Enron’s demise also matters to those of us about to enter the workforce. We must ask ourselves if we will fall prey to the […]